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All Blacks are not cheats : Richie McCaw

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Article Published: Friday 6 August 2010

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has defended his team after the TriNations leaders have been broadly branded as cheats.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers stated after his team that he felt that the only way for his team to win would be for him to start teaching them to cheat.

Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer continued the offensive on New Zealand by calling the All Blacks the "biggest cheats in world rugby, without doubt".

"Each week they invent new ways of breaking the laws," Dwyer told The Independent.

"They were far the better team, no question, and in every phase." he said of the 28-49 beating of the Wallabies.

"Yet there are parts of their play that are blatantly illegal under the laws of the game."

"How many times on the All Blacks' own ball did the cleanout come from the side or from in front of the ball? Yet assistant referee Jonathan Kaplan stood there on the sideline and watched it the whole game. I mean, he must have seen it.

"New Zealand don't do it as much on their opponents' ball because they know they'd get penalised. But on their own, they come in from all kinds of illegal positions to clean out."

"At one stage, Richie McCaw cleaned out an Australian player at least two metres from the ball."

McCaw however has defended the All Blacks and says that his players are doing less than ever to contest possession and that the breakdown was the cleanest it had been in years.

"I think it is because it's being left to the players who specialise in that area rather than everyone having a crack," McCaw told the Dominion Post.

The All Black captain said that his opposite number David Pocock, had shown in Melbourne how turnovers could still be legally attained with the right technique as the second or third player to a ruck.

He said the All Blacks had for long periods made no attempt to contest or slow Australia's ball.

"Getting a couple (of turnovers) is good, but if you keep missing them then that's when penalties start getting given away," McCaw said.

"You have to weigh up whether to get up off the ground and get back in the line or try and stop it there, but you are potentially doing a 50-50 job.

"There are periods where even if you are (in the) right, especially if you get a warning, (you should), just get out, and it gives the ref no reason to look at you."

Interestingly the stats after five games reveal that the All Blacks are the most penalised side in the Tri-Nations thus far, having conceded 34 penalties in three matches, compared with South Africa's 24 and Australia's 18 in two tests.

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